A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc, or bulging disc) is when there is a rupture in the outer layer of the cushions (discs) between the vertebrae. The discs have softer inner core, like a jelly filled donut. Sometimes due to injury or simply wear and tear, the tough, outer “skin” of the disc will develop a crack, and then the gelatinous center leaks out. This can irritate nearby nerves and cause searing pain.

Most herniated discs occur between the ages of 30 and 50, and are due to the effects of aging. After the age of 50, however, there is less fluid in the discs, so herniated discs are less common.

In most cases, herniated discs will heal on their own, given enough time. Unfortunately the extreme pain that is experienced during that period of time can be debilitating. Electrical Nerve Stimulation is non-invasive treatment option that avoids the risks of surgery and the side effects of medication.

What is Electrical Nerve Stimulation?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation administers low level electrical currents to the herniated disc area. This is accomplished by placing the electrodes that carry the current directly on the skin, or just under the skin via a small incision. The patient usually experiences little or no pain, but may experience a tingling sensation. Typically, this treatment is administered by a machine called a TENS device. The scientific principle that enables this treatment to work has yet to be fully defined, and it doesn’t produce pain relief in all clients.

TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation
Because of the limitations of a typical TENS device, the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers offer a unique treatment called TrueTESLA Electric Nerve and Muscle Stimulation. This procedure surpases the results of a TENS device by increasing the voltage, while maintaining low amperage of the electrical current. Consequently, not only is back pain blocked, but it stimulates muscle fibers as well.

The improved function of TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation allows us to treat even advanced cases of herniated disc back pain– without drugs or surgery.

Other benefits that exceed the typical TENS machine treatment include increased blood circulation (this facilitates natural healing), easing of muscle spasms, improved range of motion, prevention of atrophy due to muscle disuse, and muscle re-education (reacclimating the muscles to the way they functioned before the herniated disc occured.)

The benefits are twofold: TrueTESLA technology supports and enhances the body’s natural healing ability, while reducing severe pain.

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Wednesday morning, June 7, KGO’s Ronn Owens show had Tim Russert from Meet the Press on as a guest.  One of the callers asked Mr. Russert about the quality of the investigative journalism done by the mainstream news-media during the run up to the Iraq war, specifically comparing today’s press to the Watergate investigation done by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.  Russert, unwittingly, detailed precisely what the primary problem is with the press today.

            Russert described an interview with Dick Cheney before the war where he asked Cheney some very tough questions concerning the likely outcome of invading Iraq.  For example, “will the Sunnis and Shiites fight each other after Saddam falls?”  To which Cheney gave predictable, and as it turns out, completely wrong answers.  Next, Russert explained that the opposing view was largely nonexistent, (from the Democrats presumably, because there were plenty of other people opposing the war), implying, I guess, that there must not have been much to say on the subject.   So in other words, Russert (and the media in general) think that objective journalism consists only of giving both the Republicans and Democrats a shot at their spin on an issue and nothing more.  Woodward and Bernstein did not simply ask the Democrats and Republicans for their spin on the break in; they investigated in depth and found the truth behind the break in.  Russert’s approach may be objective, but it’s not journalism.

            Cheney’s answers proved to be completely wrong.  Whether you believe he was lying, incompetent or a combination of both, in the end, the administration’s spin was useless to the American people.  The nonexistent response from the Democrats (in large part due to their cowardice), was equally useless to the American people facing a monumental decision; Do we need to put our people in harms way?  Do we really need to commit such a huge part of our national treasury to this cause?  The American people needed real answers to these questions not useless spin from politicians and this is where Russert and his colleagues failed so completely.

            We’ll never know now, exactly what might have been revealed had the news-media done their jobs, but we can be certain it would have been more useful than what we ended up with.  Finding the truth is never easy and there’s no guarantee of success, but if you’re not even trying you’re pretty much guaranteed to fail.  Russert could learn much from Woodward and Bernstein, what it means to be a journalist.

In Charles Krauthammer’s column Friday, he complains about the potential for the tragedy at Virginia Tech to be exploited for political gain.

What can be said about the Virginia Tech massacre? Very little. What should be said? Even less. The lives of 32 innocents, chosen randomly and without purpose, are extinguished most brutally by a deeply disturbed gunman. With an event such as this, consisting of nothing but suffering and tragedy, the only important questions are those of theodicy, of divine justice. Unfortunately, in today’s supercharged political atmosphere, there is the inevitable rush to get ideological mileage out of the carnage.

In a country that treats politics as a game, and where investigative journalism consists only of reporting the spin from the two major political parties, it’s not uncommon to assume that anyone raising questions about this tragedy is doing so only to “get ideological mileage out of the carnage.” But in reality, this is a flawed outlook that serves no purpose other than to obscure an already murky issue-the, real or imagined, dichotomy between safety and freedom.

No doubt there are plenty of opportunists willing to parley public tragedy for personal gain but Krauthammer makes the mistake assuming that describes everyone or even that motivations are in fact, at the core of the issue. Take gun control advocates, the primary target of Krauthammer’s screed. Regardless of the motives of a particular individual or political player, the issue of gun control is about protecting the personal safety of everyone. Whether or not you feel gun control will reduce or eliminate violence such as the Virginia Tech incident, (I personally don’t), the issue itself is not about anybody’s personal gain. Right or wrong, accurate or misguided, the intended purpose of gun control is to prevent these massacres from happening, so naturally they’re going to use these events as evidence for their position. In other words, if they’re wasn’t a gun violence problem in our society, there wouldn’t be gun control proponents. And this issue needs to be discussed on its own merits rather than the motivations of its advocates, which is really nothing more than a glorified ad hominen attack.

Another common attitude reflected in Krauthammer’s column is the pass the buck ploy, where you throw up your arms and declare the problem incomprehensible, not worthy of discussion, and simply leave it to god, “… the only important questions are those of theodicy, of divine justice.” Put another way, don’t bother to attempt to understand why violence is such a problem because then you might actually have to accept some responsibility for the culture that you’re a part of.

Oddly enough, after admonishing gun control advocates, or anyone else advancing an agenda, Krauthammer proceeds to advance his own agenda.

If we are going to look for a political issue here, the more relevant is not gun control but psychosis control. … In a previous age, such a troubled soul might have found himself at the state mental hospital rather than a state university.

I guess it’s only wrong to exploit mass murders when it’s someone else’s agenda. The fact is, open dialog and a willingness to examine all sides is our only hope at finding solutions to any of the problems facing us.

–Paul Wilden